Cost of Raising Children in China is World’s Second Highest

China’s population decline looks set to continue despite the possibility of a traditional Dragon-Year “baby bump” and signs of a post-pandemic uptick in marriage rates after nine successive years of decline. A recent report from...

Women Balk at Chinese Government Plans to Raise Birth Rate

Last week, the Chinese government announced that the country’s population had declined for the first time in decades, setting off a cacophony of alarm bells among those concerned about China’s demographic destiny. Chinese women,...

Little Space for Unmarried Women in CCP Demographic Policies

Last week, China’s National Health Commission admitted that the country is expecting negative population growth over the next few years. Declining birth rates across several provinces this year suggest that China’s population...

Celebrity Scandal Inspires Reflection on Surrogacy in China

A gossipy breakup scandal became an internet-wide debate about the morality of surrogacy after it was revealed that a former celebrity couple secretly begat children through surrogacy in the United States. Producer Zhang Heng...

Human Embryo Clinic Raided in Beijing

Beijing law enforcement officials on Monday shut down a clinic for illegally conducting in-vitro fertilisation and surrogacy services, according to the South China Morning Post: An official investigation into the illegal clinic...

Chinese Couples Seek American Surrogate Mothers

Stories of Chinese mothers travelling to the U.S. to give birth have become familiar. Global Times’ Xuyang Jingjing, though, describes a growing trend of Chinese couples seeking American surrogate mothers. The...

Tiger Mother Chua Gets Mixed Reviews in China

While Amy Chua has ignited a storm of opinion in the U.S. over her op-ed, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” the response inside CHina itself has been mixed, China Real Time blog reports: …Many in China,...

China’s Tough-Love Approach to Internet Addiction

Many Chinese teenagers are sent to a military compound in Beijing by their parents to detox from an Internet obsession, from Time: Even though it was just before Lunar New Year–the most important family holiday on the...

China’s Single Mothers

Howard French examines what it’s like to be a single mother in China. From the International Herald Tribune: In a society where until quite recently premarital sex was often punished, the issue of single motherhood has...

Parents Too Shy to Talk About Sex

Most kids aren’t learning about sex from their parents, according to a report released Wednesday. The All-China Women’s Federation polled 5,000 students aged six to 17 and 6,500 parents about how they communicating about sex, a...

Lonely Couple Offer Grown Children ‘Salary’ for Visits – Dalian News

Dalian News reports a short story about a lonely couple paying their grown children to visit them: A lonely retired couple of Dalian, Liaoning Province, have decided to pay their three grown children a “salary” to visit them every weekend. Lin and his wife, who are in their late 60s, live a comfortable life on […]

Kowtow Not Best Show Of Gratitude – Raymond Zhou

From Raymond Zhou Blog: Winter vacation is around the corner, and a management school at Zhengzhou University has given one special assignment to students happily going home to celebrate Spring Festival: perform a kowtow to their parents. The students are generally not pleased, according to media reports. The school explained that kowtowing is the highest […]

Baby boom to come in the “Gold Pig” year – Chinanews

From Chinanews: 2007 is the Year of the Pig in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, and also, that year belongs to “gold” according to the five-element theory. There is only one “Gold Pig”year in every 60 years, and it is believed that a person born in the “Gold Pig”year will be blessed with great fortune […]

Love means queuing for kids? -Shanghai Daily

From Xinhua News Agency (link): Instead of exercising in parks or shopping in wet markets, some senior parents in Yangpu District in Shanghai have a different routine every morning – they line up at a bus terminal so that their children can sleep longer and still get a bus seat to school. Some call it […]



Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.